Innovating and thriving with technology

Whether it’s feeding, fueling, healing, or moving, Calgary is solving the world’s greatest challenges through the creation and adoption of transformative technologies. From software to hardware and services, digital transformation (DX) is quickly becoming the largest driver of new solutions and technology investments among Calgary businesses. Calgary companies will lead the $20 billion spend on digital DX in Alberta from 2021 to 2024. Given its concentration of headquarters and industrial sector base, Calgary is at the heart of the industrial digital transformation and home to many made-in-Calgary success stories. 

Digital Transformation

Calgary is a city primed and ready to take on global challenges - we’re already doing it. A city with budding entrepreneurs and future-thinking problem solvers. A city that’s leading the $20 billion spend on digital transformation in Alberta through 2024Digitalization is a fundamental driver in Canada’s economic transformation, and it is Calgary businesses that are breaking down traditional boundaries and shaping our future with new ways of creating, interacting, and working.

5G and connectivity

See why Calgary’s established leadership in 5G preparedness, overall connectivity and efficient regulatory environment, position the city to be a centre for 5G development and application.

Download Report

Download Fact Sheet

Calgary is an opportunity-rich city.

Our interactive investment map highlights the foreign direct investment (FDI) that has taken place in the Calgary area over the past 6 years.

Explore Investment in Calgary

Creating the next generation

Calgary’s post-secondary schools and other leaders in the community are creating the tech-savvy talent for the future.

Alberta Innovates

The Alberta Government is supporting quantum technologies research and development through strategic research project grants, which support priority-driven research and innovation at Campus Alberta post-secondary institutions. Alberta Innovates currently has four quantum projects underway (approx. value of $3.6 million).


AI/ML Center of Excellence is an applied data science internship created to accelerate Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI/ML) skills development through hands-on, paid, mentored work experience for up to 240 individuals with STEM qualifications. Over three years it is anticipated to generate 240 graduates and 240 in-market hires. This scalable program has room to grow with support through its partnerships, which include Suncor, TransAlta, ATB Financial, and Spartan Controls.

Bow Valley College Creative Technologies, Data Management and Analytics

Two new, innovative programs announced by Bow Valley College this year reflect the current and future demand in creative technology. The Digital Design Diploma focuses on the digital aspects of design and production, and the Data Management and Analytics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate prepares graduates for data requirements, life cycle, modeling, gathering and interpreting results.

EvolveU pivots towards jobs in tech

Rainforest Alberta, Calgary Economic Development and the Hunter Family Foundation launched EvolveU in 2019 for people looking to pivot their careers. Offering opportunities to learn in-demand skills across data, design, business and technology, the program combines a practical curriculum with onsite mentoring, peer-to-peer learning experiences and personalized career coaching.
Lighthouse Labs Bootcamps

Impressing the importance of code in the classroom, Lighthouse Labs created the Code Create Teach courses for K-12 educators across Canada. In Calgary, their full-time Web Development Bootcamp programs and part-time Intro to Web Development Courses development classes are open for applicants.

Mount Royal University Chemistry Major

The four-year Bachelor of Science – Chemistry major at Mount Royal University was designed to ensure students gain critical knowledge and hands-on experience in a space designed with new technology and smaller-than-average class sizes.

Quantum Alberta

A consortium from the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge and in industry of 33 faculty members, 28 postdoctoral researchers and 135 graduate students undertaking quantum research and development.
SAIT Cyber Security for Control Systems

Focusing on cyber security training to protect systems that run critical infrastructure in networked environments, this newly announced program runs for 26 weeks in the winter and fall of 2019.
SAIT Digital Transformation (DX) Talent Hub

The DX Talent Hub will offer highly integrated training programs in digital transformation in a continuing education environment for individuals and corporate workforces. Within five years, the DX Talent Hub is expected to graduate more than 1,500 individuals from its Digital Adoption training program, including graduating at least three dozen corporate workforce cohorts.

University of Calgary’s Institute for Quantum Science and Technology

A multidisciplinary group of researchers in the areas of Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. In 2018 the institute received $5.8 Million in research funding.
University of Calgary Masters of Software Engineering

This September, the first cohort of 40 students will complete the highly focused, fast-track master’s degree in software engineering. Students can complete this hands-on, course-based program in as little as eight months.

Calgary is a living lab

Calgary’s Living Lab offers businesses and researchers access to public spaces, transportation corridors, dark fibre / LoRaWAN networks and other City-owned assets to test, validate and showcase their technological innovation in a real-life environment. Unmanned and autonomous systems, augmented reality and virtual reality are just a few examples of some successful labs that have been implemented. The Living Lab is helping Calgary become a Smart City by using innovation, data and connected technology to improve the quality of life of Calgarians.

View Website

Related links

Start Alberta database
Start Alberta is the digital platform and gathering space for Alberta’s tech community. Companies, founders, investors, students and anyone interested in our digital economy can explore our community and ecosystem through Start Alberta.

Startup Calgary events
See what events in the startup community could align with your business.

Startup Visa Program
Start-up Visa Program. Find out how to immigrate to Canada by starting a business and creating jobs, or support innovative entrepreneurs.

The A100
A100 members expand networks, connect people and share experiences to help drive lasting diversification for Alberta’s economy. 

Calgary Innovation Coalition 
The Calgary Innovation Coalition (CIC) is a group of organizations in the Calgary region that support innovation-driven entrepreneurs, startups, and enterprises. 

Startup Genome Calgary
Startup Genome is the world-leading innovation policy advisory and research firm, having advised the ecosystem development strategy and action plans for more than 40 governments in the last year.

Alberta Tech Deal Flow Study
The Alberta Tech Deal Flow Study is currently the most comprehensive view of the tech startups in Alberta. This is made possible by the many submissions and support from the tech companies, supporting organizations and investors who are actively involved in Alberta’s tech sector.

Funding resources

Want to learn more? Get in touch

CED Chelsea Hallick Tech 500x500
Chelsea Hallick

Business Development Manager, Enterprise Technology

Subscribe to Our Mailing List